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Lillian Peltier, Antler, sentenced to 53 days time served, 2 years probation, for theft

Lillian Marie Peltier, 28, Antler, was sentenced on Wednesday in district court in Minot to 360 days in jail, all suspended but the 53 days she has already served, and two years of supervised probation for Class C felony theft. The state dismissed a second charge of Class C felony deceptive writings under the terms of a plea deal. The C felony will be reduced to a Class A misdemeanor if she successfully completes probation. Judge Doug Mattson also ordered her to $1,980 in restitution and $525 in court costs. The restitution is to be paid jointly with co-defendants Andrew Bruhn and Denny Tjepkes.

According to court documents, the Ward County Sheriff’s Department investigated a burglary on Jan. 19 in southeast Ward County. Eleven firearms, a 60-inch Samsung television, a 55-inch Samsung television, a Bose sound bar and sub-woofer, and checks and credit cards were stolen during the burglary. The victim turned over security footage to the sheriff’s office that showed Tjepkes carrying a stolen rifle and items being loaded into a vehicle that belonged to Bruhn.

Checks belonging to the victim using a forged signature were cashed at a Minot bank. Two of the checks, one for $380 and one for $400, were cashed by Peltier on Feb. 2 and Feb. 3. The other stolen checks were cashed by other individuals. One of the other people told police that Peltier had asked her to deposit a $600 check belonging to the victim into her bank account because (the victim) had a lot of money and wouldn’t notice it was missing.

Charges are still pending in district court in Minot against Bruhn and Tjepkes.

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